Say what you will about their fans being only a minuscule step above carnies on the evolutionary chart, I’m convinced that the guys from Insane Clown Posse are actually comedic geniuses. They mix earnestness with clown rap in a way that slays me every time. And the funniest parts of it usually aren’t the “insane” parts, they’re the part where it’s actually kind of true. Holy crap, the fat rap clown speaks the truth. When you think about it, a yellow-ass, long-neck giraffe, really is a miracle.. Anyway, Violent J recently sat down with the Onion A/V Club for a ridiculously thorough interview, and among other things, he had an interesting take on The Wrestler. Yes, I do realize that is a preposterous sentence. Just go with it.
VJ: You know, we still wrestle. And a lot of our friends, a lot of my best friends are wrestlers. And I know the wrestling world super-tough, I know it inside and out. And that movie, as great as it was, for me personally, it even had a little tint of boring, and I’ll tell you why. Because it was that dead-on.
AVC: How so?
VJ: It’s so accurate. There are so many wrestlers that age where that’s the story of their life. Where they’re just holding on to what they had and they’re still wrestling, and they’re now wrestling in high school gyms and bingo halls. And there’s so many wrestlers that that movie could’ve been about it was almost predictable, because I know so many wrestlers that are living that life. It almost made it predictable for me. Like, nothing they showed in that movie we didn’t already know. I’m that tuned in to the wrestling world. We spent a lot of time in wrestling, and if you think about it, wrestling is a lot like ICP. It’s a gimmick deal where the crowd knows we’re not really axe murderers, and the crowd knows these wrestlers aren’t really whatever they’re doing. But they’re caught up in the entertainment, and they cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, and they love it because it’s an escape from reality. And I think that when we became a band we took a lot of the general rules of wrestling and added it to our band.
Have you ever watched Beyond The Mat? You can see it right there. Guys like Jake The Snake, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Koko B. Ware. These are guys that had the limelight 20 years ago that are now wrestling in a VFW hall in Utah, making $150 bucks, and $100 goes on hotel and $50 goes on gas.
I’m not going to pretend I like wrestling. In fact, I imagine people who like WWE, ICP, Two and a Half Men, Dancing with the Stars, Nicholas Sparks and all the other stuff stupid people love that I don’t understand all hang out together in some carnival smoking cigars and braying like donkeys like in Pinocchio. It actually seems like a lot of fun. In any case, that scene of Mickey Rourke running the deli in The Wrestler is one of the best things ever.